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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Walt (might) turn in his grave

Is Disney really happy with comments like these from their prominent US radio personality, Paul Harvey?

On America:

"We didn't come this far because we're made of sugar candy. Once upon a time, we elbowed our way onto and across this continent by giving smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans. That was biological warfare. And we used every other weapon we could get our hands on to grab this land from whomever.

"And we grew prosperous. And yes, we greased the skids with the sweat of slaves. So it goes with most great nation-states, which - feeling guilty about their savage pasts - eventually civilise themselves out of business and wind up invaded and ultimately dominated by the lean, hungry up-and-coming who are not made of sugar candy."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And that little boy who nobody liked...grew up to be...Roy Cohn."
--'Paul Harvey', The Simpsons

Monday, July 04, 2005 8:54:00 am  
Anonymous michael said...

Maybe old Walt would turn in his grave, or maybe not. In any case, I don't think Harvey is so out of step with the current sentiments of the Disney corporation.

Still, you've got to admire the originality of his thesis. Civilisations collapse if they become civilised, eh?

I think I'll stick with Ronald Wright's theories on that topic.

Monday, July 04, 2005 12:54:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

We only have to look at Disney's reaction to Fahrenheit 9/11 last year, running a mile from the film and yet many of their TV and radio 'personalities' express comments of a a politcal nature every day, often highly inflammatory and racist.
But then, a company like that likes to stay close to government...

Monday, July 04, 2005 1:05:00 pm  
Anonymous Michael L said...

Any suggestion that the USA is a "civilised nation" needs to be taken with a hefty grain of salt.

Monday, July 04, 2005 2:52:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Agreed. If civilised nation involves invading numerous countries as well as subverting democracy in many others, the word has no meaing.

Monday, July 04, 2005 3:11:00 pm  

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